Module 1: What is Epilepsy

Epilepsy vs Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological condition which results from sudden bursts of hyperactivity in the brain.

  • This causes “seizures” which vary in form, strength and frequency depending on where in the brain abnormal activity is found.
  • Epilepsy is the diagnosis and seizures are the symptom.

Seizures are caused by a physical reaction in the brain.

  • For people with epilepsy, sometimes a group of brain cells have an erratic electrical discharge. This causes a seizure.
  • A seizure is temporary

If a person has two or more seizures that are not related to another condition, that are unprovoked, that person will be diagnosed as having epilepsy.


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